published Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

TVA contractor to cut staff by 800 at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

This file photo of April 2007, released by the Tennessee Valley Authority, shows the cooling tower of the single operating reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear  Plant in Spring City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Tennessee Valley Authority, File)
This file photo of April 2007, released by the Tennessee Valley Authority, shows the cooling tower of the single operating reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Tennessee Valley Authority, File)

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — A TVA contractor will cut 600 craft workers and 200 support staff at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant as a cost-cutting measure, a TVA spokesman said today.

Scott Brooks said the Bechtel Corporation contract workers are being let go to streamline work at the plant.

He said the work is moving more slowly than the utility expected.

Today an emergency preparedness exercise, involving about 1,000 people, is being conducted at the plant.

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Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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onetinsoldier said...

These 800 job losses are brought to you by YOUR repugnant congressmen.

October 19, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.
McRand said...

And just before the holidays....that's just wonderful!

October 19, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

This is your request for small government at work. Just wait, and you'll soon find out how closely your own jobs are tied to the government. Those nikumpoopers who've been on the march for smaller government....you're getting your wish. Next to be standing in the unemployment lines.

October 19, 2011 at 3:49 p.m.

i bet the majority of the 800 votes republican.

October 19, 2011 at 4 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

shoe_chucker1013 said... i bet the majority of the 800 votes republican.

That's the irony of it all, isn't it? Yet, they still don't get it!

October 19, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
Haiku said...

But when that 200 non-union members drop dead from exhaustion, they'll just pull them out, dump them in a pile with no compensation to the families and pull the next 200 non-union workers in. And the cycle continues.

October 19, 2011 at 6:32 p.m.
primitive said...

Rhea County, return to your roots. Get off the couch and return to the land. Industrialism breeds unemployment. Wake up! Consider the coal industry from the early 20th century. They had to rig an evolution/creationism battle to draw attention to themselves because even then citizens had placed their hope on outsider industrial interest and forgotten their traditions.
TVA also brought with it great "hope" and again and again we see the consequences, unsustainable development and limited numbers of private interests who profit. God is in the wilderness...not in your cities and nuclear empires.

October 19, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.
acerigger said...

tnvolssuckbad said...

get what? get the fact that 200 non union members can do the work of 800 union employees?

So tell us when &where that ever happened sucky?

October 19, 2011 at 10:39 p.m.
antirat said...

Sure your 200 non union employees might get it done faster, but they wont care about lock out, tag out, or how to make up a panel, will turn on breaker at wrong time and land up carrying out 20 in body bags. Safety is a key issue for Union Electricians and high quality of work and awareness of our job makes us better than the rats.

October 20, 2011 at 8:22 p.m.
Shorty said...

I wonder what the percentage of Tennessee residents were included in this layoff. TVA has forgotten about what's in their charter.

January 9, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.
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